Taiwan: COA continues recall of tainted pet food

Source of Article:  http://www.etaiwannews.com/etn/news_content.php?id=857534&lang=eng_news





Central News Agency
2009-02-05 09:46 PM



Taipei, Feb. 5 (CNA) The Council of Agriculture (COA) said Thursday that it has continued to recall a batch of tainted pet food that recently caused the deaths of a large number of dogs.

Hsu Tien-lai, director of the COA's Department of Animal Husbandry, said stray dog shelters in Taipei and Kaohsiung counties reported that around 400 dogs have died since early January after eating dog food contaminated with aflatoxin.

All the tainted dog food was supplied by a Yunlin County-based company, Jitai Feed, that allegedly used aflatoxin-contaminated corn from Pakistan in its production process.

Aflatoxin is produced by mold and can cause fatal liver damage.

Hsu said the department last year checked 150 samples of retail pet food, including some from Jitai Feed, all of which showed levels of aflatoxin below the specified acceptable 20 ppm limit.

However, a large number of dogs died earlier this year in Taipei County and the COA found that all of them had been fed from the batch of pet food produced by Jitai between October and November using the Pakistani corn as one of its ingredients.

Since the deaths, the COA has asked local governments to recall the pet food produced by Jitai during that period.

In addition, the COA also asked local governments and relevant agencies to conduct comprehensive checks on pet foods sold in their localities, Hsu said.

He added that all 106 samples of pet food tested this year -- 94 dog food and 12 cat food samples -- had aflatoxin content within the acceptable limit.

Some 300 dogs died at two animal shelters in Taipei County in early January, while another 100 perished at a shelter in Kaohsiung County during the recent Chinese New Year holiday after eating the contaminated dog food.

(By Lilian Wu)


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